Daniel Ryan Obituary

Daniel  Ryan
Daniel Ryan

December 26, 1919 - November 10, 2018
Born in Marinette, Wisconsin


Daniel Joseph Ryan

Dan Ryan died Saturday November 10, 2018, at peace and with his family near, as he wanted.

Daniel Joseph Ryan was born to Joseph and Jennie Ryan at the family home in Marinette, WI on December 26, 1919. He was the fourth of five children, which included Eleanor, George, Margaret and Pat, all of whom preceded him in death. The first in his family to go to college, he earned a business degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1949 after joining his brother George to serve in the Army during WWII. During the war, he was stationed at bases throughout the Pacific as a Tech Sergeant, where, as he would later recount with a smile to his kids, the “bullets whizzed by my typewriter”.

Before shipping out overseas, Dan proposed by phone from his Army base in Maryland to his love, Jane Ann Murphy. Their courtship began after meeting on a sleigh ride in high school. They were married while Dan was on leave at a Monday morning children’s mass at Our Lady of Lourdes on November 13, 1944, and their marriage lasted for 64 years until Jane’s death. They raised six children together, Thomas (Kathy), John, Kevin (Karen), Mark (Nancy) Jennifer (Kurt) and Dan (Colleen). Dan and Jane each worked to put their kids through college and dedicated themselves to their children to provide each with love, opportunity and an understanding of the values important in life.

Coming from a family with little means, Dan began work as a young boy, first delivering groceries by bike for a dollar a week for Hansen’s, the neighborhood grocery store. Dan worked many jobs throughout his school years, including manning the donut making machine at the Lauerman Brothers Department Store lunch counter, where Jane would sometimes pass him a love note as she walked by. After college, Dan worked many years as a salesman for the former Flintkote Company, traveling northern Wisconsin and the U.P. and ultimately started his own lumber brokerage business, Ryan Wood Resources.

Dan had many interests in life. He loved to golf and was a student of the game (despite his scores). He was an avid reader, liked a good joke and was always quick with a timely one on hand to tell, loved to exercise, was pretty skilled with household carpentry projects, made a decent pea soup, and would often jump into whatever latest do-it-yourself endeavor he thought up. He could carry a tune and he and Jane loved to dance and sing, spend time with their many close friends, travel, and keep up with every activity in their kids’ lives.

Dan was preceded in death by his wife Jane and eldest son, Tom, and is survived by his remaining children, his grandchildren, Max, Martha, Alex, Danny, Jack, Liam and Eleanor great grandchildren Alma, Fred and Ezra, and many dear friends.

Dan died ultimately of a heart weakened by age, but his warmth, wit and intellect always remained strong. To all who knew him, he will be remembered as a kind, caring and generous man. To many he will be remembered as a good Irishman. To his family, he will also be remembered as a dear Dad. He will be missed at the family table, at his many stops around town, and in each of our hearts.

A visitation will be held at Hansen-Onion-Martell Funeral Home this Friday, November 16th , from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. A funeral mass will be held at Holy Family Parish-Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Marinette on Saturday, November 17th at 11 a.m. A luncheon will follow at the parish hall.

The family would like to give special thanks to Lorraine, for her love and dedication to our family for over 42 years. Also special thanks to Chuck for always being a friend, making sure Dad’s vote was counted this year and the crossword battle always waged at the kitchen table on Saturday mornings. Also thank you to Donna, Linda and all those who cared for our Dad in special ways in recent years




Hansen-Onion-Martell Funeral Home
610 Marinette Avenue
Marinette, WI US 54143
Friday, November 16, 2018
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Holy Family Parish-Our Lady of Lourdes Church
2735 Taylor St.
Marinette, Wisconsin 54143
Saturday, November 17, 2018
11:00 AM